SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 11, 2015) – Three attorneys from Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, have been named “Client Service All-Stars” by The BTI Consulting Group, Inc. in its new report, the BTI Client Service All-Stars 2015. The attorneys include Shareholders Jerry C. Newsome (Atlanta), Donald S. Prophete (Kansas City) and John A. Ybarra (Chicago).
The 2015 edition of the report, recognizing the best in client service, marks the 8th year that Littler attorneys have been included on the prestigious list. The annual study’s findings are based on hundreds of interviews with corporate counsel and their direct reports at large and Fortune 1000 companies.
“We are delighted to learn that the firm’s attorneys have once again been named among the industry elite for excellence in client service,” said Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler. “Knowing our clients’ business, understanding their needs and offering outstanding service is of the utmost priority at the firm. We congratulate Jerry, Don and John on this achievement as well as for their efforts in helping us uphold this commitment to our clients.”
About Jerry C. Newsome
Representing companies in lawsuits and agency proceedings involving all aspects of employment law, Newsome devotes the majority of his practice to litigating non-competition and trade secret disputes, drafting non-competition agreements, and assisting clients with proactive measures to protect their trade secrets and proprietary business information. He regularly conducts training sessions for managers and supervisors, with a focus on teaching strong management fundamentals in order to build employee morale, accomplish management objectives and ensure legal compliance. A current member of Littler’s Pro Bono Committee, he is the former hiring shareholder for the Atlanta office. Newsome is a member of the American Bar Association and has been recognized by Chambers USA and Martindale-Hubbell for his professional achievements. He received his J.D. from University of Memphis School of Law.
About Donald S. Prophete
Prophete has served as lead trial counsel in all types of employment disputes in federal and state courts in Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. A significant amount of his practice is spent on advising sports franchises on matters related to employment litigation, collective bargaining, arbitration and risk avoidance. In 2008, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, in conjunction with the White House, appointed Prophete to serve as chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Commission for a two-year term. He has received widespread recognition for his career achievements, including: The Best Lawyers in America©, Chambers USA, Law360, Diversity & the Bar, the Legal 500, Super Lawyers and Ingram’s. Prophete has also been profiled in the media for his efforts in championing diversity in the legal industry. He received his J.D. from Boston University Law School.
About John A. Ybarra
Ybarra advises and represents clients in employment and labor relations, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour and compensation disputes. One of the nation’s most prolific and successful attorneys in the litigation of Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions and corresponding state law class actions, Ybarra has handled class, collective and individual cases in 32 states. He frequently speaks and conducts training programs for all levels of management on a wide range of employment law topics and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. He is also co-chair of the Hot Topics in Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell for his professional achievements, Ybarra received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
About The BTI Consulting Group, Inc.
The BTI Consulting Group (BTI) is the leading provider of strategic market research to law firms and professional services firms. BTI conducts the only continuous benchmarking market study in the legal services industry based on thousands of independent interviews with General Counsel and key decision makers that hire law firms. BTI regularly publishes this compelling research in independent publications, reports and summaries.
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 60 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 70 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.